Mustangs take consolation prize at true-team state

With first place all but a lock, the real drama was in the battle for second place on Friday at Stillwater High School in the Class AAA State True-team Track and Field Meet. That turned out not to be that close either.

The Mounds View boys track team, shooting for its highest finish at state in six years, ran away with the runner-up trophy by outscoring third-place Rosemount by more than 50 points. The Mustangs amassed 807.5 points while the Irish clocked in with 743.

An eight-time true-team state champion, Mounds View took second for the first time since finishing 2 1/2 points out of first in 2008.

Wayzata, the clear favorite, won its second consecutive state title by more 100 points. The Trojans rolled up 946.5 points to easily take first place by 139 points.

The hurdles were Mounds View’s strength as its three participants finished no lower than 10th in both races. Matt Baker led the way by winning both. Jalen Hallman was fourth in the 110 and 10th in the 300. Kevin Duffy took ninth in the 110 and John McMillan was seventh in the 300.

Mounds View also won the 4x200-meter relay and picked up some big points via a second and fifth in the triple jump from Sola Olateju and Hallman, respectively.

Girls

On the girls side of the ledger, Mounds View finished third in what turned out to be a three-team race.

Lakeville South added its third consecutive title by scoring 852 points. Prior was second at 819 and the Mustangs were third at 808.5. The fourth-place team was Minnetonka but it finished more than 100 points behind Mounds View.

The Mustangs’ strengths on Friday were in the short races as they took first place in the 100-meter dash and both hurdle events.

Elizabeth Menne ran first in the 100 and was followed by Rachel Boyer in second and Mikayla Toninato in third. Boyer was also second in the 200 while Menne was fourth and Toninato ran seventh. Menne also took fourth in the long jump and seventh in the 400.

Olivia Fixsen added two wins as she topped the fields in the 100 and 300-meter hurdle events.

Mounds View also fared well in the throws. Veronica Rasmussen, Cassidy Smestad and Leah Klein ended up third, fourth and fifth, respectively in the shot put. Rasmussen was second in the discus while Smestad took third and Cristi Oliver was eighth.

With true-team state behind them, the Mounds View track teams turn their attention this week to the Suburban East Conference championships, which take place Tuesday and Thursday at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

 

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